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Early punch silver drachm, Chandragupta (ca. 322-298 BC), Pataliputra mint, Mauryan Kingdom, India (G/H 480)

Early punch silver drachm, Chandragupta (ca. 322-298 BC), Pataliputra mint, Mauryan Kingdom, India (G/H 480)

Five punched symbols: Sun, 6-armed symbol, Chandragupta's symbol and two other symbol / A number of bankers' marks. 18mmx15mm, 3.33 grams. Pataliputra mint. Gupta/Hardaker Series 5 I A 15 (#480)

Chandragupta Maurya (340 BC – 298 BC) was the founder of the Mauryan Empire and the first emperor to unify India into one state. He ruled from 322 BC until his voluntary retirement and abdication in favour of his son Bindusara in 298 BC. By the time he was only about 20 years old, Chandragupta, who had succeeded in defeating the Macedonian satrapies in India and conquering the Nanda Empire, had founded a vast empire that extended from the Bay of Bengal in the east, to the Indus River in the west. In later years he would expand this empire. Chandragupta Maurya (340 BC – 298 BC) was the founder of the Mauryan Empire and the first emperor to unify India into one state. He ruled from 322 BC until his voluntary retirement and abdication in favour of his son Bindusara in 298 BC. yet seen in Indian history.
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